Salento Idicazione Geografica Protetta, Italy; 13% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 June
On the night I opened this, I didn’t think much of it. The red / purple cherry fruit tasted to me more like Cabernet than Zinfandel and it was rather too light compared to the acid. Also, there was a sort of off, pruney taste I disliked. I liked this wine best after about 90 minutes in a decanter, when it was tolerable, but after than it seemed to decline again. It’s possible the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle has improved, but I doubt it.
To my surprise, the saved glass of this wine was not bad. While it no longer tasted like Cabernet, it still did not taste at like California Zinfandel: tangy, dark and tart red cherry fruit, orange, prune, maybe nutmeg, still on the tart side but now with acid nicely integrated with the fruit. A bit more like I think of Valpolicella, geographically far from Salento. So, I guess it’s okay, but don’t expect it to be anything like a Zinfandel.